Friday, February 17, 2012

What's Blooming: everything ...

We shouldn't be seeing this! We now have gardens in full bloom, despite the fact that the calendar shows that it's still winter. Mother Nature must be giddy with excitement.

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Since the end of January, our Duchesse de Brabant roses have been in bloom. Crazy, I know! Normally, I'm pruning back dormant canes by Valentine's Day and awaiting new growth to arrive the first of March.



Even though my eager bushes are full of roses, the wisteria covering our pergola is just now waking from its winter nap.  Little buds will grow until mid-March, then, the vines will host gloriously fragrant, flowering racemes covering the pergola.

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The cottage garden in front of my studio is knee-high in larkspur, petunias and poppies.

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I had to share the photo below so you could see the rays of February sunlight that encourage my garden's growth.

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It's not just my gardens that are benefiting from our mild winter weather.

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Hubby has Lantana blooming throughout his native garden. Most years, this groundcover freezes back to the ground in winter and returns each spring.

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Sweet Alyssum has flowered continuously.

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And, hubby's vegetable garden is filled with lots of lettuce varieties. 

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I love walking out to our creekside veggie plot to pluck my lunch. Yum. Add a glass of wine and fresh bread from the bakery ... and lunchtime under the pergola transports me to Tuscany! Not bad for a mid-day break from work.








1 comment:

MAT said...

I swear I could smell the roses!!!

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